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march 25, 2011 Atta Kim’s dramatic installation Monologue of Ice, a 5 ½-foot-tall, 1,300-pound ice sculpture of a seated buddha, slowly melted into a pool of water. As the ice melted, visitors were encouraged to touch the sculpture and to collect the water to nurture a plant. The ice sculpture remained on view until completely melted, a process that took several days. The presentation was an extension of Grain of Emptiness: Buddhism-Inspired Contemporary Art, on view through April 11, 2011.

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear Friends and Supporters of the Rubin Museum of Art, I am pleased to share with you a brief summary of the museum’s 2011 fiscal year, including an acknowledgment of the generous financial support received from many individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies and our audited financial statement. The exhibitions, programs, and educational resources that were the highlight of the museum’s activities in 2011 are described on our website,, where you can also find detailed reports on the museum’s First Five Years (2004–2009) and activities in 2010. As the Rubin Museum approaches a significant milestone, our tenth anniversary in 2014, 2011 represents a year of assessment and planning for the future. At the end of 2011 the museum’s founders, Shelley and Donald Rubin, announced an additional major gift of $25 million to the museum over the next five years. At the same time Donald Rubin announced his decision to step down as the museum’s chief executive. I was honored by the board’s request that I become the museum’s executive director. I am supported by an executive staff team of six senior professionals responsible for the museum’s curatorial, education, external affairs, finance, operations/services, and programming activities. Our ability to articulate the museum’s mission and core values will be key to the museum’s future success and stability, and working with our trustees and the entire staff, we have begun that process. It will guide us in planning our future exhibitions, programs, and services and in the ways we serve our visitors both on-site and online. We are grateful to our loyal and growing group of generous members, donors, friends, and lenders of art. In so many different and important ways you have helped the museum to exceed the vision of its founders. With a plan in place to expand the museum’s role in bringing the art and culture of Himalayan Asia, and the ideas and connections they spark, to the attention of a wider public, we will have much to celebrate in 2014. Thank you for partnering with us to reach our goals in the coming years.

Patrick Sears Executive Director

June 1, 2012

2011 EXHIBITIONS August 6, 2010–January 10, 2011

November 5, 2010–April 11, 2011

July 1–October 24, 2011

November 18, 2011–April 9, 2012

A British Life in a Mountain Kingdom: Early Photographs of Sikkim And Bhutan

Grain of Emptiness: BuddhismInspired Contemporary Art

Pilgrimage and Faith: Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam

Modernist Art from India: The Body Unbound

A British Life in a Mountain Kingdom was the first exhibition of the latenineteenth- and early-twentiethcentury photographs of John Claude White, a British government officer who was stationed throughout the Himalayas during the British Raj. White traveled extensively during his residence in Sikkim, documenting his journeys with an enormous camera. The resulting collection of large-format prints represents the mountains he loved and the people whom he considered companions and friends. September 3, 2010–May 23, 2011

The Nepalese Legacy in Tibetan Painting The Nepalese Legacy in Tibetan Painting traced the development, patronage, and distinctive features of Tibet’s Beri painting style, one of the country’s most influential artistic styles for four centuries. The style represented a shift in artistic inspiration from India to Nepal with the fall of key Indian monasteries in 1203. October 6, 2010–March 7, 2011

Embodying the Holy: Icons in Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism Embodying the Holy explored the basic similarities and differences between sacral representations in the Eastern Orthodox Christian and Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

Grain of Emptiness featured five contemporary artists—Sanford Biggers, Theaster Gates, Atta Kim, Wolfgang Laib, and Charmion von Wiegand—whose works are inspired by Eastern religious beliefs. January 28–July 4, 2011

Body Language: The Yogis of India and Nepal Body Language: The Yogis of India and Nepal presented Thomas Kelly’s striking photographs of sadhus, extraordinary-looking wandering ascetics who renounce worldly life and devote their lives entirely to religious practice and the quest for spiritual enlightenment. April 8–August 22, 2011

Patterns of Life: The Art of Tibetan Carpets For centuries Tibetans have used carpets for decorative and functional purposes, drawing upon geometric patterns, auspicious symbols, and natural and mythical imagery for their design. Patterns of Life showcased the stylistic variety and uses of Tibetan carpets alongside fine art and everyday objects that echo their imagery and illuminate their utility. May 13–September 19, 2011

Quentin Roosevelt’s China: Ancestral Realms of the Naxi Quentin Roosevelt’s China presented the religious art of the Naxi—one of China’s fifty-five ethnic minority nationalities—the majority of which was acquired in the early to mid-twentieth century by Quentin Roosevelt, grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, and the botanist-explorer Joseph Rock.

The role of pilgrimage in three of the world’s largest religious traditions—Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam—was explored in Pilgrimage and Faith, which included nearly seventy works of art and artifacts dating from the ninth century to the present. July 22–November 13, 2011

Human Currents: The World’s Largest Pilgrimage as Interpreted by Hannes Schmid In Human Currents Hannes Schmid’s large color photographs and aerial-angled movie captured the claustrophobic crowds, myriad colors, and energy of the Maha Kumbh Mela festival, the greatest of Hindu pilgrimages and the largest recorded gathering of human beings on earth. September 16, 2011–January 30, 2012

Once Upon Many Times: Legends and Myths in Himalayan Art Once Upon Many Times explored the art of Himalayan storytelling and the many themes and forms of visual and oral narratives. October 21, 2011–March 5, 2012

Mirror of the Buddha: Early Portraits from Tibet In early Tibetan painted portraits, founding masters of important Buddhist schools were often represented as holy personages, their earthly form visually transformed into the serene countenance of a buddha. Mirror of the Buddha presented exquisite examples of these portraits, painted primarily in the eastern Indian-inspired Sharri style.

The Body Unbound marked the first exhibition in the three-part Modernist Art from India series that highlighted predominant themes and extraordinary examples of modernist art from post-Independence India. December 9, 2011–June 11, 2012

Hero, Villain, Yeti: Tibet in Comics Comic book storylines have drawn on Tibet’s cultural and religious traditions for more than sixty years, mixing reality with myths and longheld stereotypes. Featuring more than fifty comic books from around the world, Hero, Villain, Yeti shed light on global perceptions of Tibet as reflected in and informed by these diverse narratives.

2011 PUBLICATIONS The Nepalese Legacy in Tibetan Painting

Patterns of Life: The Art of Tibetan Carpets

David P. Jackson with a contribution from Martin Brauen

Thomas Cole with an introduction by Diana K. Myers

In this second publication and related exhibition noted scholar David Jackson identifies the full extent of the Beri style developed by Newar artists in Nepal and shows the chronological development, religious patronage, and geographic scope that tie together the development of the style.

With exceptional examples of saddle rugs, sleeping rugs, pile pillows, cushion covers, and door rugs, Patterns of Life explores the stylistic variety and uses of Tibetan carpets in the everyday life of the Tibetan people.

Mirror of the Buddha: Early Portraits from Tibet David P. Jackson with contributions from Jan van Alphen and Christian Luczanits In this third volume on Tibetan painting David Jackson with Christian Luczanits investigates painted portraits of early Tibetan teachers. Images of these eminent personages embodied Buddhist ideals in often idealized human form.

Grain of Emptiness: BuddhismInspired Contemporary Art Martin Brauen and Mary Jane Jacob Since the emergence of the conceptual art movement in the 1960s, Western artists have taken up the Buddhist precepts of emptiness and impermanence and examined the ways that they intersect in our daily lives. Grain of Emptiness features five inheritors of that mid-century tradition.

Funeral Scroll (detail); Northwestern Yunnan Province, China; Ink and paint on fabric; 40 ft. x 11 ½ in. (1,219 x 29.2 cm); Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University; FHCL:3322112 This type of scroll is at the core of the funeral ritual of the Naxi people. The scroll shown here was one of many artifacts presented in the exhibition Quentin Roosevelt’s China: Ancestral Realms of the Naxi. In conjunction with the exhibition, curated by guest curators Christine Mathieu and Cindy Ho, the museum published a 200-page book and hosted a conference featuring scholars from the United States, China, and Europe.

Quentin Roosevelt’s China: The Ancestral Realm of the Naxi Christine Mathieu and Cindy Ho, Editors, with contributions from Martin Brauen, Guo Dalie, He Lemin, He Zhonghua, Cindy Ho, Lamu Gatusa, Christine Mathieu, Alexis Michaud, Donald Rubin, and Yang Fuquan This book offers a comprehensive introduction to centuries of Naxi culture, art, and religion and presents outstanding objects from public and private collections, including those collected by Quentin Roosevelt in China.

April 31 and May 1, 2011 In collaboration with Adhikaar and the Nepali immigrant community, writer/director Aya Ogawa and designer Jeanette Yew created Yatra Samudra Samma: Journey to the Ocean, presented as part of the Foundry Theatre’s festival “NYC... Just Like I Pictured It,” a performance series of new works that re-imagine the city. In the scene shown here, domestic workers break through the daily grind and into a spontaneous dance, inspired by a favorite Nepali pop song.


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April 30, 2011 The museum and the PEN World Voices Festival experimented with ideas about how language is disseminated and transmitted from one person to another through a “karma chain” on New York’s High Line. Participants stood single file stretching over three city blocks. A Tibetan lama, Pema Wangdak, uttered a sutra that was passed down the line, as in a game of telephone. At the end of the chain, PEN president Salman Rushdie shared the original along with the interpreted message via proclamation and Twitter.

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Dawa Yangzom

Ramiro Fernandez

Nonzam Khartenbarro

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Runxiao Zhu

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March 20, 2011 The museum’s Family Day celebrated Himalayan New Year’s traditions as part of CelebrASIA, a city-wide collaboration among Asian museums. The event featured art-making activities such as torma butter sculpture making, a demonstration by a master sand mandala maker, songs, interactive story tours, and the creation of the pictured collaborative mandala of buttons, beads, and other recycled objects on the floor of the theater with artists from Urban River Arts.


at December 31, 2011



Current Assets

Current Liabilities

Cash and cash equivalents Unconditional promises to give Restricted for future periods and programs

$592,083 98,447 19,582,679

Accounts receivable




Prepaid expenses and other current assets


Investments in marketable securities Total Current Assets

Property & Equipment

Total Assets

52,398,161 $74,848,016



Accounts payable and accrued expenses


Tenant security deposits


Deferred membership and other income


Total Current Liabilities


Net Assets Unrestricted Board-designated funds


Other unrestricted


Temporarily restricted


Total Net Assets

Total Liabilities and Net Assets




as of December 31, 2011



Public Support

Program Services

Contributions and donations Grants and sponsorships Special event revenue Less: direct expenses Membership dues Total Public Support

$24,514,643 1,073,275 772,230 (165,119) 452,808 $26,647,837

Collections and exhibitions Publications

$4,900,410 229,104



Public programs


Shop Public relations and marketing Total Program Services

898,802 1,526,835 $10,371,275

Revenues from Programs and Activities Museum admission fees


Supporting Services

Program fees


Management and general

Facility rental income



Exhibition fees


Merchandise and catalog sales


Other revenue


Total Revenue from Programs and Activities

Rental Income Net Investment Income



$2,683,199 1,473,267

Total Supporting Services


Real estate operations


Collections items purchased not capitalized


$895,915 $20,161




Change in Net Assets


This information has been excerpted from annual audited financial statements, full copies of which are available upon request.

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Annual Report 2011  

Rubin Museum Annual Report